You’re done! Degree requirements complete. Congratulations!

Now what?

As an international student in Canada on a study permit, you may be able to remain in Canada to work temporarily after you complete your program at Schulich through the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. A PGWP is an open work permit available to eligible study permit holders after program completion allowing you to remain in Canada as a worker for up to three years.  A PGWP is only granted once in your lifetime – keep this in mind if you intend to pursue additional studies in Canada.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience which may translate into greater options for permanent residence later on.

Here are some important “need to knows”:

  • Apply on time!
    • You MUST apply within 90 days of completing your program. “Program completion” means having met your degree requirements (i.e.: all final grades are posted), NOT convocation.
  • You MUST have a valid study permit* to apply
    • A reminder that in most cases, your study permit becomes invalid 90 days after completing your program, regardless of the expiry date that is printed on it.
  • Review the full eligibility criteria and application guide before applying
    • As immigration requirements change often, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are following the most current instructions
  • Be sure to check your passport expiry before applying – a PGWP cannot be issued beyond your passport expiry date
  • If you require a new TRV, you will have to apply separately after receiving your PGWP.

To apply, you will require a PGWP letter from Schulich**. You can request this letter online, once all of your grades have been posted.  **Note: you do not require any additional letters from York University.

You can apply for your PGWP online or by paper. You do NOT need a job offer to apply. Review the related processing times. You may be able to start working as soon as your submit your PGWP application; review the eligibility requirements to determine if you can work while waiting for your PGWP to be issued.

A sincere congratulations from all of us on the International Relations team on completing your degree at Schulich! It has been a pleasure to work with and support you during your time here and we wish you all the best as you pursue your professional and personal goals.  Welcome to the Schulich Alumni!

Disclaimer: This blog post was prepared by a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in compliance with section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). This is not a legal document and is for informational purposes only, intended for students at the Schulich School of Business. Information may change without notice and it is your responsibility to refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information. Information valid as of 13 June 2018.